Press Release
May 24, 2017

Sen. Bam: Set politics aside, ensure safety and welfare of civilians in Marawi City

Let's put politics in the backburner and focus on ensuring the safety and welfare of civilians in Marawi City amid the conflict between government forces and Maute group.

Sen. Bam Aquino made this call as he reiterated his support behind the military as it tries to quell the terrorist group and restore normalcy in the city.

"Right now, ang pinakamahalaga po ngayon ay matigil na itong bakbakan, masugpo ang teroristang grupo at maprotektahan ang ating mga kababayan," said Sen. Bam when asked about the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

Last week, Sen. Bam was in Marawi City to open the 508th Negosyo Center in the country and the first in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

"Everybody was so hopeful na ang pagtulak ng pagnenegosyo at trabaho, could really lead to peace. Kaya talagang heartbreaking itong nangyayarin ito," said Sen. Bam.

Sen. Bam said the military, businessmen and local government officials all agreed that strengthening business opportunities to our Muslim brothers will lead to peace.

"Iyong mga kasama namin na militar, negosyante at local government officials, lahat nagsabi na ang pagtutulak ng mas magagandang trabaho at pagkakataong magnegosyo sa mga kapatid nating Muslim will eventually lead to peace," said Sen. Bam.

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